KNOX - Knox Lions Club December Student of the Month is Rebecca "Becca" Lander, a senior at Keystone High School, who was presented with her certificate of achievement and monetary gift by Lion Bill Black.
Lander was selected by her school for her activities and accomplishments both in and outside the classroom and in the community.
Lander is following an academic curriculum with honors and Advanced Placement classes at Keystone and she is also taking college courses within the high school and will graduate in May with 12 college credits.
Among her many school activities, she has been a member of the marching and concert bands, including county, honors and district bands; concert and county choir, select ensemble, varsity golf, soccer, track and field teams. She is also an officer for the senior class and member of the National Honor Society and yearbook.
Her community activities include being active in Girl Scouts, having completed her bronze and silver awards and is currently working on the gold award. She has helped with Charitable Deeds spaghetti dinners, worked for Project Sticker Shock and attended a SADD convention. At her church, she assists with junior church, runs the AV system and is a part-time church choir member.
After graduation, Lander plans to attend a yet to be determined college to study biology with further study in entomology or zoology.
She is the daughter of Julie and Russ Lander.
Chartered by the Lion's International in 1953 with 15 members, the Knox organization's purpose is community service. The club sponsors Youth Soccer, the baseball association, Shippenville and Knox fire and ambulance companies, Youth Field Days, road cleanup, and the Salvation Army.
The club conducts an annual sight drive and helps to provide eyeglasses and hearing aids to those who cannot afford them.
The club conducts sight examinations at Keystone and Allegheny-Clarion Valley Schools each year for incoming kindergarten students. The club accepts used eyeglasses and hearing aids for redistribution to those in need.